At the Bulwark recently a Ph.D. candidate in American religious history at Stanford University in California writes an interesting article about Q Anon. Daniel Gullotta places the conspiracy in a historical understanding of panics and fears that have taken place in American history. This blog is encouraging people to read this well written and researched article.
“Fear is a distorting mirror in which anything can appear as a caricature of itself, stretched to terrible proportions; once inflamed, the imagination pursues the craziest and most unlikely possibilities. What is most absurd suddenly seems the most probable.”
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.[a] 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
Philemon 1: 4-7 ESV
Daniel N. Gullotta is a Ph.D. candidate for American religious history at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. When I was in grad school at Marquette one of my favorite historians that I learned about is David Kennedy who is also from Stanford. And while Daniel is in the religious studies program, Stanford has a great American history program, but let’s get back to what this brief blog post is about. Recently at the Bulwark, the PhD candidate wrote a solid article that looks at the Q Anon conspiracy theory through a historical lens. Its an article which considers the pattern of fear and panics in American history and puts the Q Anon conspiracy in that context. From the Salem witch trials all the way to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, this Bulwark article is a good read that places this event in a much needed historical understanding. This blog encourages its readers to consider what Gullotta has to say. You can read his article in, “QAnon and the Satanic Panics of Yesteryear.” This blog wishes Daniel well in his PhD work.